By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 7:00 am in Uncategorized.
On Thursday night, March 27, I noticed at male Mallard duck unable to walk (scooting on his belly) in the middle of the driveway in front of the duck pond at Countrywood Shopping Center in Walnut Creek (California). Myself and three other people stopped to help the duck and get him into a box to go to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum on Friday morning — he had an obviously injured leg.
Monday afternoon, I called the Museum to check on the duck and they told me they were unable to save him due to his numerous injuries and problem. The most disturbing of these injuries was the discovery he had been shot numerous times with a BB gun.
He also had a fractured wing and leg and an enlarged heart. This possibly made the duck unable to fly and a target for the abusers.
I cannot express the sorrow for the duck and anger I felt toward whoever would do this to an innocent creature. The Lindsay Museum said I did the best thing for him bringing him in — as he would have suffered a long, painful death in the wild waiting to die.
Gary, please ask your readers to watch for anyone abusing an animal in any way and report them to the police immediately. It is illegal to shoot a BB gun within the Walnut Creek city limits. No one should be using one, period.
If anyone saw anything suspicious around the Countrywood Shopping Center that week (or at anytime!) or in the canal area next to it, please report it to the local authorities. I have alerted everyone in authority I can think of. Hopefully your readers can help as well. (Deborah Wellborn in cyberspace)
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I’m sure if anyone saw this happen, they will contact the Walnut Creek Police Department and the Contra Costa Animal Services Department in Martinez.
This kind of stuff just can’t be allowed to happen. /Gary